Friday, July 1, 2016
Book Review: The 100 by Kass Morgan
Author: Kass Morgan
Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
Blurb: Ever since a devastating nuclear war, humanity has lived on spaceships far above Earth's radioactive surface. Now, one hundred juvenile delinquents -- considered expendable by society -- are being sent on a dangerous mission: to recolonize the planet. It could be their second chance at life...or it could be a suicide mission.
CLARKE was arrested for treason, though she's haunted by the memory of what she really did. WELLS, the chancellor's son, came to Earth for the girl he loves -- but will she ever forgive him? Reckless BELLAMY fought his way onto the transport pod to protect his sister, the other half of the only pair of siblings in the universe. And GLASS managed to escape back onto the ship, only to find that life there is just as dangerous as she feared it would be on Earth.
Confronted with a savage land and haunted by secrets from their pasts, the hundred must fight to survive. They were never meant to be heroes, but they may be mankind's last hope.
Comment: The book is pretty different from the TV series; it´s lighter. As I watched the TV series first, I confess that I expected more from the book. However, I liked it; I liked the format of the book.
There are different characters. It is a plus because as you read the book, if you watched the TV series first, you´ll feel like you´re reading a bonus material.
In the book you have more information about their lives in the ship while the TV series focuses on the 100 that are on Earth, struggling, not so much, to remain alive.
Different POVs. Each chapter has a different POV, Clarke, Bellamy, Glass, Wells… it offers you a broad view of the story and the characters´ struggles to handle their new reality and how they feel about the unexpected events.
Confusing flashbacks. Each chapter has the present day and flashbacks to show you what happened in the past and reveal some secrets of the characters. It´s a little confusing at the beginning, but you get used to it; this tiny detail doesn´t spoil the story.
The lack of action is a little disappointing; there isn´t an exciting scene to make your heart skip a beat. The characters are a little superficial; they have their issues, but these issues aren´t explored deeply.
If you watched the TV series, you´ll be eager for the moment the 100 will find the Earthborns. Well, I´ll just say that it´ll be very disappointing.
The story is unique. Kass Morgan is a talented and creative writer. She describes very well the problems the human beings have to face when Earth is destroyed. Many people stayed behind, just a few ones had opportunity to escape the cataclysm. She also describes very well the human being nature.
It´s a good book. I liked it.